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UNICEF Goodwill ambassador singer Sissel Kyrkjebo visited UNICEF projects in Ukraine

© UNICEF/ UKR/ 2009/ Sukhodolska
Singer Sissel Kjyrkjebo during her visit to Ukraine

10 September 2009, Kyiv- Today, Goodwill Ambassador Sissel Kyrkjebo has finished her visit to Ukraine. Together with the Norwegian TV Show Gala she visited several UNICEF projects.

In cooperation with the National committee for UNICEF, Norwegian singer filmed children’s issues aiming to raise funds to support the work against HIV/AIDS, to support family type care for abandoned children and advocate for their rights.

During several days in Ukraine famous singer and TV crew visited children’s home in Bila Tserkva, family affected by HIV in Kyiv, places in Kyiv where the street children live. “HIV and AIDS destroy the childhood before it even has started. Children loose their parents, get infected themselves, miss out on education and health care – and are vulnerable for abuse and exploitation.”-  said Sissel Kirkjebo, impressed by the situation in Ukraine. “Ukraine is the country worst affected by HIV/AIDS in Europe and we are here to support UNICEF in their work for changing the situation.”- emphasises UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador during her visit to Ukraine.

© UNICEF/ UKR/ 2009/ Sukhodolska
Goodwill Ambassador Sissel Kjyrkjebo raising funds in Norway to support UNICEF projects in Ukraine

In 2008 -2010 UNICEF Norway has been supporting programmes in Ukraine with the TV Gala funds in amount over USD 800, 000. This funding supports the key activities under the HIV Prevention project of the HIV/AIDS, Children and Youth Programme and contributes to development of the HIV prevention services and education programmes in Ukraine. It helps to equip adolescents and young people visiting the Youth Friendly Clinics and those studying in schools with the knowledge and skills that will help to protect them from HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and substance abuse.

Learn more how UNICEF helps HIV-positive mothers in Ukraine.

Learn more about UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors.

About Sissel Kyrkjebo: Sissel has been working with humanitarian organizations since 1986 (Strømme stilftelsen) – the same year as she started her national singing carrier. She also supported Church Aids telethon in 2001, which was focusing on AIDS. Sissel's rich and varied career has spanned over 20 years. She has performed in front of royalty and heads of state, shared the stage with superstars of every musical genre classical stars, punks, pop idols and rappers. Highlights include singing the Olympic hymn at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, representing Norway at the Nobel Peace Prize Gala Concert, and performing at the first Christmas concert in Moscow after the fall of the Soviet Union, invited by the great tenors Placido Domingo and José Carreras. Learn more

About UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF opened its office in Kyiv in 1997. More information about UNICEF activities in Ukraine:  



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